Mass. toting up sizable share of cannabis sales


Published: 12/four/2019 11:38:24 PM

BOSTON — Massachusetts tax collectors are expecting to haul in among $93 million and $173 million in legal marijuana income this present price range year and could gather as considerably as $189 million in the subsequent price range year, Income Commissioner Christopher Harding told lawmakers Wednesday.

Following collecting $22 million in state tax income from marijuana sales in fiscal 2019 — which ended in June and integrated the very first eight months of legal sales — Harding mentioned marijuana revenues in the present fiscal year are “fairly close to” the anticipated variety,. For the price range year that will commence in July, Harding mentioned, the state can anticipate to see among $102 million and $189 million in pot tax income.

“We anticipate that revenues will continue to accelerate as retail outlets are licensed and open for company,” Harding told the Joint Approaches and Signifies Committee at the annual consensus income hearing. “However, from a income viewpoint, the legal marijuana industry is not however completely created, and uncertainty remains about the price at which the industry will develop and how costs will transform more than time.”

Cannabis sales in Massachusetts are topic to a 10.75 % excise tax and the state’s six.25 % sales tax, as properly as a nearby tax of up to three %. The Division of Revenue’s estimates involve only the state share of these tax revenues.

Because the very first two marijuana retailers opened in Northampton and Leicester on Nov. 20, 2018, extra than 30 extra outlets have opened, and the state’s licensed shops generated $393.7 million in gross sales through the very first complete year of operations, the Cannabis Handle Commission announced final month.

The income commissioner mentioned the state is operating “a small bit shallow on [marijuana tax] revenues, year to date” and noted a slight decline in sales in the newest release of information. Although he deferred an explanation of the decline to the CCC, Harding mentioned that a single of the item forms that saw a drop was concentrates.

“You could equate these to some of the vapes and that is the category that appears to have taken the hardest hit,” he mentioned.

In September, Gov. Charlie Baker banned the sale of all vaping merchandise, such as cannabis vapes. Although a court challenge eroded some of the ban as it connected to cannabis merchandise, the CCC took its personal action to impose a quarantine of all marijuana vaping merchandise except these that vaporize flower for health-related sufferers.

Concentrates, such as vape cartridges, accounted for roughly 20 % of all legal marijuana item purchases in Massachusetts, primarily based on a a single-week snapshot supplied by the CCC in September.


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